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Support For SMEP Students to Attend Methodological Workshops
SMEP Workshop Travel Awards are given to support attendance at professional development workshops on statistical topics that will benefit undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars working with active members of SMEP. These awards are limited to $1,000 per student per calendar year and are intended to support workshop attendance specifically, not just conference travel per se.
Procedure for Securing Support
To apply for workshop support, students should first complete the web form below, and then have their SMEP member advisor sent a brief note of support to nilam [dot] ram [at] psu [dot] edu (Dr. Nilam Ram) confirming that the applicant is a primary advisee of the SMEP member and describing how this workshop will benefit the student's training.
Expenses Supported by Receipts
Workshop support can be used for tuition or travel to the workshop. After attending the workshop, the award recipient must submit a reimbursement request along with supporting receipts using the web form below. Questions about the reimbursement process should be directed to the SMEP Financial Officer, lstaplet [at] umd [dot] edu (Dr. )lstaplet [at] umd [dot] edu (Laura Stapleton).
Other Allowable Expenses
The award recipient may claim $45.00 per day for per diem expenses (meals), $0.585 per mile for use of a personal car to and from the airport (or the cost of a taxi to and from the airport), and parking at the airport. The per diem and personal car mileage expenses can simply be claimed (with no receipts required).
Workshop Expenses in Excess of the Workshop Award Amount
If expenses related to attending the workshop are over $1,000.00 and there are any additional sources of funding to cover these expenses, then the award recipient should submit only those original receipts and documentation of other allowable expenses that total the $1,000.00 that SMEP will reimburse. The award recipient may then use the remaining receipts to be reimbursed from other (non-SMEP) sources or for tax purposes.